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Staples, TerraCycle Launch Zero-Waste Recycling System

TerracycleStaples, along with global recycling company TerraCycle, is now offering Canada’s first-ever zero-waste recycling option for all household and office waste.

Through the system, Canadians coast-to-coast can recycle almost anything — broken pen holders, empty lipstick tubes, old filing accessories, rusty lawn and garden equipment, party decorations, old lightbulbs, used coffee capsules and more — through TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes, sold online.

How it works: Zero Waste Boxes are labeled either by stream (ex: batteries, light bulbs) or by room (ex: break room waste, bathroom waste). Consumers collect their waste according to the description and mail it to TerraCycle with the prepaid shipping label, already printed on each box.

From here, it’s sent to a processing plant to be recycled into benches, bicycle racks, watering cans and more.

Globally, TerraCycle has repurposed more than 2.5 billion pieces of food and beverage waste, office and school supply waste, e-waste and other hard to recycle items such as discarded cigarette filters.

In August, Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, partnered with Electronic Recyclers International to launch a service to make it easier for businesses to recycle old electronics.

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4 thoughts on “Staples, TerraCycle Launch Zero-Waste Recycling System

  1. Curious as to why Staples will launch this service in Canada but not the US. Perhaps it’s because US citizens are less likely to pay for the privilege of recycling materials (which is what this system is as you have to purchase these boxes online) then Canadians are.

  2. We don’t need this method in the U.S. We are already paying for recycling. For example, just for my personal residence, I pay over $30/month for trash pickup yet I almost never put anything out for the trash. All that is needed is for the trash company to pick up things that they do not already pick up (used batteries, paints & chemicals which can be put into closed containers) and then to sort the waste at the other end. That uses an existing collection system without the need to pay extra and have trash going through the mail system (what if they break a box?? It happens all the time.) It is pure bureaucratic inertia that keeps most U.S. cities from taking the extra step to go to a zero land-fill condition. Anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis can handle just about anything that can be disposed. I’ll bet this is what terracycle is doing anyway.

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